Ranald Macdonald

BA (Hons) Fine Art

My work is about the experience of reality and how exposure to popular culture and digital media, particularly in early life, lenses that experience. For this reason I use subjects that I have already internalised without meaning to, usually cliched or universal things that I am able to render freely from my imagination. I find it interesting how in one sense they can be read almost hieroglyphically, but in another, through their ubiquitous cultural presence, become strangely empty, like a word repeated too many times. This complexity allows the works to be experienced on their own terms, as empty vessels or liminal spaces, for the viewer to enter and explore.

Eating Delicious Daffodils, 2020, gouache, chalk pastel, on canvas, 85 cm x 65 cm

Cactus and Tomato, 2020, acrylic chalk pastel and gouache on paper, 50 cm x 55 cm

Two Cactuses, 2020, pencil, acrylic, and gouache on paper, 65 cm x 65 cm

LightAmericanBeerShortAndrewMadeLove, 2020, acrylic, gouache, chalk pastel on canvas, 60 cm x 80 cm

ThatIsAllFolks, 2020, oil, acrylic, pigment, mediums, gouache on paper, 30 cm x 55 cm

Up In The Air, 2020, pencil on paper, 120 cm x 50 cm

I Wondered Lonely As A Cow, 2020, Oil pastel and acrylic and oil paint on canvas, 80 cm x 100 cm

Waning, 2020, coloured pencil on paper, 55 cm x 53 cm